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Mortimer Beckett and the Secrets of Spooky Manor

 

 

SCORE: 76

 

Mortimer Beckett and the Secrets of Spooky Manor 

 

Mortimer Beckett and the Secrets of Spooky Manor is the most intense I Spy video game I have played on the Nintendo Wii. Real Arcade included some puzzle elements as certain items in one room is the exact tool needed in another room. Mortimer Beckett and the Secrets of Spooky Manor punished players for just clicking all over the screen by having ghosts appear and get in the way. Some ghosts get stuck on the Wii Remote pointer and have to be shaken off.

Bringing up the ghost images is a wonderful segway into the graphics. Mortimer Beckett and the Secrets of Spooky Manor contains some scary images, and the main game play surrounds looking at the screen and finding the hidden pieces of different images. Certain ghosts need to be given specific items before they will reveal hidden item pieces.

The music in Mortimer Beckett and the Secrets of Spooky Manor is on the scary side as well. The entire ghost theme will be a problem in a lot of households. On the spiritual aspects I believe ghosts to be demonic activity. The ghost activity in this Wii game is not friendly like Casper is.

Mortimer Beckett and the Secrets of Spooky Manor contains over 150 different room layouts with items to find. That means if you are into the scary I Spy kind of a game then you will find a lot of replay value. At the time of writing this review this Wii game can be found for under thirty dollars.

Mortimer Beckett and the Secrets of Spooky Manor can be difficult at times, trying to find certain pieces. Thankfully Real Arcade included hints. Only so many hints are allowed per room, so do not think you can quickly breeze through the story mode by using Hints only. If you run out of hints, then you must solve the rest for yourself. Pointing and clicking all over the screen works the way I would expect it to.

The story in Mortimer Beckett and the Secrets of Spooky Manor dwells on helping a relative, and solving a mystery. The whole ghost part of the game bothered me, so I want to touch upon that. I do like the concept of only so many hints in an I Spy kind of video game, and solving the different puzzles. There are some redeeming aspects of this Wii game.
-Frank

 

Graphics: 70%
Sound: 75%
Replay/Extras: 81%
Gameplay: 79%
Family Friendly Factor: 74%
System: Wii
Publisher: Real Arcade
ESRB Rating: 'E' for Everyone
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